Company Profile

Jane Shilton is an English brand producing high quality ladies handbags. We are based in London, and have been trading since 1933. Style, quality and value are the guiding principles of the Jane Shilton brand.

We’re unusual these days: a British company that is family owned, with an inspiring history and heritage. The company was founded in 1933 when Alexander Shilton, using his knowledge of the leather goods market, set up a handbag company in London.

When he went off to war in 1936, the factory-made gas masks and Alex’s Secretary Jane ran everything like clockwork in his absence, despite the building being bombed four times. Alex returned in 1945, married Jane in 1946 and renamed the company ‘Jane Shilton’. The first factory was in Brushfield Street, in the centre of the City of London. The business soon expanded and acquired premises in Beech street also in the city of London, before moving to south west London and a bespoke factory in Peterborough Road, Fulham.

Our headquarters today are still London-based, and we still run like clock-work, believing in those old-fashioned values of quality, design, style and service.From timeless classics to catwalk trends, our products are sold worldwide, and our online shop means that these items are available throughout the U.K. We produce a comprehensive range of ladies’ handbags, covering both leather and synthetic fabrications. We target a broad customer profile, both in terms of age and styling.

Today, from the company’s headquarters in London, Jane Shilton trades not only in the U.K. market, but also in export markets across the world, from Russia through the Middle East to Singapore and Australia.

Integral to the company’s success is our in-house design team. Alex and Jane were well aware of the importance of design to help them build their brand, especially in the period following the 2nd world war, when people were desperate to find something to brighten their lives after so many years of hardship.

David (Alex’s oldest son) recalls how Alex would bring home every new design as it was created and put it on the dining room table for comments and a family discussion over dinner!!

Our designers travel the world sourcing the most up-to-date materials and are continuously researching the very latest influences and trends, producing products which convey those influences, while at the same time retaining those individual characteristics that enable a consumer to recognize our handbags as being from the Jane Shilton stable.

Our production uses the latest research and development techniques to produce goods of the highest quality at the best possible price. Customer service and satisfaction will remain our watchwords as we continue to use our firmly established family values, to nurture our world class brand.

Today Jane Shilton offers contemporary styling for the fashion demanding consumer who still appreciates a quality product. Every woman knows how important her handbag is, and that is something Jane Shilton understands perfectly. Whether as a survival kit for getting through another hectic day at work, to add a stylish casual chic to your weekend wardrobe or as a glamorous accessory for that special occasion or night out, every Jane Shilton handbag has its role to play. Small or large, classic or contemporary, purely decorative or stylishly functional, Jane Shilton has the bag for you!